London's annual New Year's Day Parade crowns the capital's festive season! With the theme "Hats Off To London – Celebration Capital of the World", the 2013 parade commemorated a momentous year that saw London host the Olympic and Paralympic Games, as well as the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Four hundred games makers and performers from the London 2012 Opening and Closing Ceremonies have given the world another wave during the parade. This year it was the 27th New Year's Day Parade in London and a spectacular way to kick start the new year.
The Parade in London featured more than 10,000 performers representing the London boroughs and countries from across the globe. Dancers, acrobats, cheerleaders, musicians and performers assemble in the heart of the city for a colourful celebration that combines exuberant contemporary performance with pomp and ceremony. The Parade route starts atThe Ritzhotel, proceeds along Piccadilly to Piccadilly Circus, then takes in Lower Regent Street, Waterloo Place, Pall Mall, Cockspur Street,Trafalgar Square, Whitehall and ends at Parliament Square in front ofBig Ben.